Berkeley Square, which was his town house until his death.
1780. January. Publication of Modern Anecdotes of the Family ofKenvervarikotsprachengatchdern, a Tale of Christmas, by Lady Craven, with dedication to Horace Walpole.
Charles Miller's Verses to Lady Horatia Waldegrave, on the Death of the Duke of Ancaster, printed at Strawberry Hill.
Walpole's relations with Chatterton mentioned in Croft's Love and Madness.
July. Lady Maria Waldegrave (Walpole's great-niece) became engaged to the Earl of Egremont. The engagement was shortly afterwards broken off by her.
September. Death, at Paris, of Walpole's friend and correspondent, Madame du Deffand, aged eighty-three. She bequeathed to Walpole her MSS., and her dog ' Tonton.'
The fourth volume of Anecdotes of Painting printed at Strawberry Hill.
1781. January. Death, at Pisa, of Walpole's sister-in-law, the Countess of Orford. Her will was disputed by her son, the third Earl of Orford. The dispute was eventually settled by arbitration, in which Horace Walpole acted on behalf of Lord Orford.
May. Walpole published his tragedy, The Mysterious Mother, in order to put a stop to the issue of a pirated edition.
Eeynolds' portrait of the Ladies Waldegrave (painted for Horace Walpole) exhibited at the Eoyal Academy.
August. Ode (written by William, afterwards Sir William, Jones) on the marriage of Lord Althorp and Miss Bingham, entitled The Muse Eecalled, printed at Strawberry Hill.
September. Madame du Deffand's MSS. received by Walpole.